All-stars and Athletes of the Year Cap School Sports Year
So, people have been asking me, with all the high school sports championships finished, the school year coming to a close - what do I do?
Well, just remember what Yogi Berra said: "It's not over til it's over."
We're not finished just yet. The Prentice Cup baseball final still has to be played - at Toronto's Connorvale Park instead of the Rogers Centre, because a suitable date could not be sealed by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations from those provided by the Toronto Blue Jays. So, the kids play in the local park rather than where the pros call home.
After that, time to roll out the Star's annual high school all-star baseball team - a group of very talented young players. Yes, some could be drafted this week. Others are off to university in the fall. And they'll also be recognized on the field at the Rogers Centre on June 23 - just before the Blue Jays play St. Louis.
There's more. Probably the most detailed project of the year. I think it is, since every Public, Private and Catholic high school in the Greater Toronto Area - from the city north to York Region, east to Durham Region and west to Halton Region, has to be contacted.
It's the Star's 30th annual salute to high school "athletes of the year". These are the top athletes, chosen by their respective schools, who are recognized for their success in sports this past school year. Some schools have different criteria in their selection process. Some schools also don't even choose an athlete of the year.
So, lots to do and we hope schools - who were sent letters and reminded by athletic associations - get their information to us so these impressive teenagers are not left off a list that has grown to well over 600 girls and boys.
Some great high school stories, pictures and profiles still to come in the Star's Sports pages and on the website before we close the book on another interesting, controversial and rewarding school sports year.